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Title: A corpus-based study of connectors in student writing : a comparison between a native speaker (NS) corpus and a non-native speaker (NNS) learner corpus
Authors: Ma, Y
Wang, B 
Keywords: Connector
Native speaker corpus
Non-native speaker corpus
Pedagogic implication
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Hoormazd Publishing Company
Source: International journal of applied linguistics & English literature, 2016, v. 5, no. 1, p. 113-118 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of applied linguistics & English literature 
Abstract: The present study offers a corpus-based analysis of two written corpora, i.e. a native speaker corpus (part of the Louvain Corpus of English Essays) and a non-native speaker corpus, which is composed of several essays written by Hong Kong first year university students. It aims to find out the differences in the use of connectors. Altogether twentyfive connectors used in the two corpora have been examined, with the frequency of their usage being calculated. The reasons that have led to the variations in using these connectors are further discussed. This corpus-based study on connectors would have some pedagogic implications on writing teaching. As connectors have played a significant role in both sentence construction and coherence, based on our analysis, we hope that they should be taught explicitly, practiced extensively, and illustrated with learning materials given to students, so as to avoid the overuse and misuse in writing.
ISSN: 2200-3592 (print)
2200-3452 (online)
DOI: 10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.5n.1p.113
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